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By: Review: Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane « Alex In Leeds

Fri, 23 Nov 2012 08:04:42 +0000

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By: German Literature Month 2011: Author Index « Lizzy’s Literary Life

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:04:11 +0000

[...] Snowman) Feuchtwanger (The Oppermanns) Fitzek (Therapy (1) (2)) Fontane (Effi Briest Readalong: Week 1/Week 2/Week 3 ) Frisch (Homo Faber) Funke (Inkheart) Gerstacker (Germelshausen) Goethe (Elective [...]



By: Michelle @ 1morechapter

Sun, 13 Nov 2011 01:40:10 +0000

Finally got mine up. I'll be catching up soon! http://www.1morechapter.com/2011/11/05/effi-briest-read-a-long-week-1/



By: Susanna

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 21:44:28 +0000

Fontane was unknown to me although 'Effi Briest' was on an old list of novels about late 19th century middle class life in Europe just before WW1 brings it all crashing. I've read the novel on Kindle, then bought a copy listed as a Create Space edition (have no idea what that is). The hard copy appears to be the same as the Kindle - weird words that probably did not scan correctly. Effi sets the story's premise when Hertha asks her, "Is he really the right man?" And Effi responds. "Certainly he is the right man...(A)ny man is the right one. Of course he must be a nobleman, have a position and be handsome." That is her parents' philosophy, Effi's training and society's expectation. Dagobert doesn't have much space in the novel but he seems to be more of a lateral thinker than the other characters. I liked him and, of course, the dog. I hoped Effi's sarcasm would help her cope with the dreaded ennui; when her father admires the moderation of Innstetten's letter to Effi, she concurs that, yes, it is moderation and I'm imagining Effi's eye roll. Crampas comments that "Variety is the spice of life, a truth which , to be sure, every happy marriage seems to controvert." Effi retorts, "If there are any happy marriages, mine excepted,... ." She then reaches for Innstetten and maybe another eye roll. Effi was bored when she was on the swings or embroidering, marriage didn't change it much ( well, don't forget the shopping, always a girl's best friend). Life is so predictable, Effi can't even dream about changing much



By: Ceri

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 17:58:25 +0000

Hi Lizzie, I am reading Effi Briest on my Kindle, it is the Penguin translation. I had never heard of Fontane or of Effi Briest before. I know very little about German literature, it was a totally impulsive decision to join in. I did not have any preconceptions about the novel, but I am enjoying it immensely. Effi is naive, impulsive, but also ambitious. I am not totally sure what motivates Effi. She agreed to her engagement to Innstetten very easily, this suggests to me that she is loyal to her parents, not particularly stubborn and opportunistic. The motivation of Innstetten is fascinating, why would he want to marry the daughter of his first love? The match seems calculated but appears to satisfy the motivation of both Effi and Innstetten. Effi marries a baron who is a successful civil servant and handsome as a bonus. Innstetten marries a very young version of the woman who got away. Effi's parents come across as tolerant and indulgent of their daughter, which is why their decision to match Effi with Innstetten appears slightly bizarre. However, they are perhaps acting entirely in Effi's best interests by matching her to a successful man. I warmed to the character of Roswitha, and her colourful past (I hope this is before the end of chapter 15!). The first six chapters of the book are particularly light though as Effi's honeymoon progresses and she becomes increasingly fatigued by the number of art collections she has seen, the tone of the book calms and then grinds to a wintery, eerie halt as Effi arrives in Kessin. By the end of Chapter 15, Effie appears to be turning from a naive girl into a more rounded person, unavoidably so since she gives birth to a child when she is only just an adult herself.






By: Caroline

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 14:53:44 +0000

Interesting remark, Ruth. I like Effi a lot, she moves me but I couldn't imagine a heroine more different from myself, now or when I was 17. It did strike me as well but because it's the opposite end of how I am or was. I completely didn't pay attention to this 9 line long sentence. I always thought Fontane was one of the most accessible writers I know but I just went back to it, and, indeed, you are right.



By: Ruth Martin

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 13:01:51 +0000

I am reading a lovely handbag-sized German edition from Koenemann, which has been on my bookshelf for years (where did it even come from? I have no idea...) It's funny how first sentences can colour your whole view of a book: I don't know what the translation is like, but the first sentence in German is horribly convoluted and 9 lines long. Every time I've picked this novel up previously I have looked at the first page and gone "hmm. Maybe not right now." But I'm so glad I've persevered, it does get better very quickly, and is much easier to read than I was expecting. The most striking thing about the first part to me is Effi's sense of fatalism about the whole arrangement. She doesn't seem to worry about the consequences of marrying a man so much older than her, she just goes along with the plan. It's not striking because it's unlikely: quite the opposite, it resonated with me because that's exactly what 17-year-olds are like - incredibly suggestible, but also with an invincibility complex. Class A drugs? Drink-driving? Ill-advised marriage? Go on then, why not? I'm sure it'll be fine...



By: Susanna

Sat, 05 Nov 2011 20:55:46 +0000

I'm reading the Kindle edition. Some nasty typos. "Das ist ein..." is translated "too wide a field" and I imagine Effi's father mopping his brow.